The Genetic Genealogist

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Will help us add DNA to our genealogy toolboxes.


Registration at the door for Saturday Seminar only

Saturday, May 12, 2018 All-Day Seminar Topics:

    • Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
    • Using Third-Party Tools to Analyze Autosomal DNA – Tools available at sites other than your testing company for DNA analysis.
    • The Danger of Distant Matches – What are common pitfalls when analyzing DNA? What are the minimum requirements for genealogical proof using DNA?
    • Begging for Spit

The seminar is 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The doors open at 8:15 am.  Continental breakfast will be served in the morning.  Registration at the door for Saturday Seminar only will be $70 and you are on your own for lunch.

No registration at the door for Friday Advanced Topic Workshops!

Friday Afternoon, May 11, 2018 Advanced Topic Workshops: – Registration has closed.

1:00 – 2:15 pm – Advanced Third-Party Tools – Let’s explore the Phasing, Matching Segment Search, Lazarus, and Triangulation tools.

2:45 – 4:00 pm – Visual Phasing – You’ve tested three siblings, now figure out which DNA segments belong to which grandparent.

The workshops are $25 each for AGS members and $30 each for non-AGS members.  The doors open at 12:30 pm.

Click here for detailed descriptions of these topics.


All registrations must be received by May 6, 2018.  We are unable to offer refunds after April 15, 2018. Please plan accordingly.  After May 6th, you need to register at the door.

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Blaine Bettinger will autograph the books, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy and Genetic Genealogy in Practice, co-authored with Debbie Parker Wayne.  Don’t have a copy? Pre-purchase these books to pick up on the day of the seminar when you register.

Location: Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Road, Bldg 137, Austin, TX 78758

Hotel Information:
The Commons Learning Center is located at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus at the University of Texas at Austin. The J. J. Pickle Research Campus is across the street from the Domain and near the Arboretum. Some nearby hotels offer shuttle service to the Commons Learning Center. May is a busy month in Austin with many out of town visitors attending events. If you plan to attend and need a hotel room, book early.

Click here for The Commons Learning Center Area Hotels page